News for December 2009

News Archive

MetoKote Corporation to Build New Plant in Germany MetoKote Corporation to Build New Plant in Germany

MetoKote Corporation to Build New Plant in Germany

U.S. Industrial Production Ticks Up in November U.S. Industrial Production Ticks Up in November

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 0.8% in November after having been unchanged in October. Manufacturing production advanced 1.1%, with broad-based gains among both durables and nondurables.

Metalformers Look for ‘Steady’ Business Conditions Over the Short Term

Metalforming companies expect business conditions to remain fairly steady during the next three months. That’s according to the newly released December 2009 report from the Precision Metalforming Association.

Conference Program Taking Shape for SUR/FIN 2010

More exciting details are emerging regarding the conference programming for SUR/FIN 2010, set to take place June 14–17 at Devos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich.

AESF Training Schedule Set for 2010

The AESF Council, the educational arm of the National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, has released is schedule of training courses for 2010.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes First Flight Boeing 787 Dreamliner Completes First Flight

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner took to the sky for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 15, ushering a new era in air travel as it departed before an estimated crowd of more than 12,000 employees and guests from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The flight marks the beginning of a flight test program that will see six airplanes flying nearly around the clock and around the globe, with the airplane's first delivery scheduled for fourth quarter 2010.

Strength in Consolidation

In his recent column, “Selling, Buying, and Merging Companies During a Recession” (Metal Finishing, Sept. 2009), my esteemed colleague Bert Sherwood outlined potential growth strategies for metal finishing companies looking to survive this “Great Recession.” I agree that one of the options he presented—merging—represents an ideal way to lower overhead while leveraging synergies to optimize operations and output.

Enhancements in Store for SUR/FIN 2010 Enhancements in Store for SUR/FIN 2010

When the curtain lifts on SUR/FIN 2010 in Grand Rapids, Mich., June 15–17, attendees looking for the “same old, same old” are going to be a bit disappointed. That’s because the National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, has made significant changes that promise to enhance the overall experience for exhibitors and attendees alike.

NASF Announces 2010 Board of Directors

The National Association for Surface Finishing, or NASF, has announced the members recently selected to the 2010 board of directors.

Dubois Chemicals Webinar Set for Dec. 17

Metal Finishing, in association with Dubois Chemicals, will present a webinar on Dec. 17, 2009. The one-hour presentation, based on an update on Dubois Chemical’s Zirconization™ technology, will focus on DuBois’ DuraTEC 110 Nonphosphate Cleaning and Pretreatment Solutions for Ferrous and Nonferrous Parts.

APEC and West Michigan Powder Coating Join Forces

Automated Process Equipment Corporation, or APEC, has merged with West Michigan Powder Coating to form a new division within APEC. The new division retains the name of West Michigan Powder Coating but has moved operations to APEC’s facility in Lake Odessa, Mich.

Mankiewicz Coatings Expands in South Carolina

Mankiewicz Coatings LLC, a subsidiary of German-based Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., announced plans to locate a new $2 million facility in Berkeley County, S.C.

Governors Join Forces in Plan to Lift Airline/Aerospace Industry Governors Join Forces in Plan to Lift Airline/Aerospace Industry

Gulf Coast governors—including Bob Riley (R-AL), Haley Barbour (R-MS), and Bobby Jindal (R-LA)—recently announced the establishment of The Aerospace Alliance, a 501(c) private/public partnership seeking to establish the Gulf Coast and surrounding region as a world-class aerospace, space, and aviation corridor.

Boeing Plant Slated for South Carolina

Boeing Co. recently broke ground in North Charleston, S.C., on a second assembly facility for its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner—across the country from its traditional plane-making hub in Seattle.

Rigid Printed Circuit Board Shipments Down in October, IPC Report Shows

Newly released data from the Association Connecting Electronic Industries, or IPC, shows both shipments and bookings for rigid printed circuit boards were down in October.

Economic Indicators Point to Signs of Recovery

PMI index trends, along with recent GDP movement, provide encouraging signs of an economic rebound.